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July 11, 2013 17:02 ET

Universal Sports and NBC Present the 2013 World Aquatic Championships July 20 - August 4

Strong U.S. Teams Comprised of Olympic Veterans and Rising Stars Compete Against the World's Best in Diving, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming and Water Polo; Universal Sports and NBC Team Up to Provide 70 Hours of Coverage

LOS ANGELES, CA --(Marketwired - July 11, 2013) - Universal Sports Network and NBC will air 70 hours of premier pool action from the 2013 FINA World Aquatic Championships in Barcelona, Spain, from Saturday, July 20, through Sunday, August 4, in the world championships for diving, swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo.

Universal Sports kicks off coverage on Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m. ET with the opening rounds of diving and synchronized swimming followed by the first day of water polo group play when the USA women take on Greece on Sunday, July 21 at 6 p.m. ET. Swimming coverage begins on Sunday, July 28, at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, with Universal Sports providing daily live coverage from Monday, July 29, through Friday, August 2, at 12 p.m. ET. NBC's coverage continues on Saturday, August 3 from 1-3 p.m. ET and Sunday, August 4 from 4-6 p.m. ET. Calling swimming will be Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines and Carolyn Manno. will also stream all events live in addition to posting daily video highlights and news from Barcelona. A complete online schedule will be available at

This year's World Aquatics Championships will feature world-class competition including:

Diving/High Diving: Sixteen-time national champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist David Boudia will lead a team of 15 American divers after cruising to victory in the 10m platform at the World Championship Trials. In addition to traditional platform and springboard diving events, high diving will make its debut at this year's world championships. Divers will compete from a 20m (women) or 27m (men) platform and hit the water travelling at speeds of 50 mph. Six Americans will compete including Steven Lobue, who was third at last year's World Series. 

Swimming: The U.S. is led by a strong team of London Olympic gold medalists coming off strong performances at the Phillips 66 National Championships in June. Nathan Adrian and Ryan Lochte lead the men's roster, while teen sensations Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky along with veteran Natalie Coughlin headline the women's squad.

Synchronized Swimming: For the first time in the history of the FINA World Championships, the top 16 ranked solos and duets will qualify for the technical finals, instead of the top 12. The synchronized swimming competition will take place in the historic Palau Sant Jordi.

Water Polo (Women): The U.S. women are the favorites and looking for an unprecedented fourth world championship in ten years. The 2012 Olympic gold medalists have eight players from the London squad including center Kami Craig.

Water Polo (Men): Following an 8th place finish at the 2012 Olympic Games, the U.S. men will face stiff competition from Russia, China and the host team, Spain. The team has a new coach and will feature several young rising stars led by established veterans Tony Azevedo and Merrill Moses.

Universal Sports Network and NBC 2013 FINA World Aquatics Championships Broadcast Schedule:

All times ET - Schedule subject to change

July 20; 7 - 8 PM Diving (USN)

July 20; 8 - 9 PM Synchronized Swimming (USN)

July 21; 6 - 7 PM Water Polo (Women): USA vs. GRE (USN)

July 21; 7 - 8 PM Diving (USN)

July 21; 8 - 9 PM Synchronized Swimming (USN)

July 22; 6 - 7 PM Water Polo (Men): CRO vs. USA (USN)

July 22; 7 - 8 PM Diving (USN)

July 22; 8 - 9 PM Synchronized Swimming (USN)

July 23; 6 - 7 PM Water Polo (Women): USA vs. CAN (USN)

July 23; 7 - 8 PM Diving (USN)

July 24; 6 - 7 PM Water Polo (Men): RSA vs. USA (USN)

July 24; 7 - 8 PM Synchronized Swimming (USN)

July 25; 6 - 7 PM Water Polo (Women): USA vs. GBR (USN)

July 25; 7 - 8 PM Diving (USN)

July 25; 8 - 9 PM Synchronized Swimming (USN)

July 26; 6 - 7 PM Water Polo (Men): CAN vs. USA (USN) 

July 26; 7 - 8 PM Diving (USN)

July 26; 8 - 9 PM Synchronized Swimming (USN)

July 27; 3 - 4 PM Diving (USN)

July 27; 4 - 5 PM Synchronized Swimming (USN)

July 27; 6:30 - 7:30 PM Water Polo (Women): Quarterfinals Qual. (USN)

July 28; 2:30 - 4:30 PM Swimming (NBC)

July 28; 5:30 - 6:30 PM Diving (USN)

July 28; 6:30 - 7:30 PM Water Polo (Men): Quarterfinals Qual. (USN)

July 29; 10 AM - 12 PM LIVE High Diving (USN)

July 29; 12 - 2 PM LIVE Swimming (USN)

July 29; 5 - 7 PM Water Polo (Women): Quarterfinals (USN)

July 30; 10 AM - 12 PM LIVE High Diving (USN)

July 30; 12 - 2:30 PM LIVE Swimming (USN)

July 30; 5 - 7 PM LIVE Water Polo (Men): Quarterfinals (USN)

July 31; 10 AM - 12 PM LIVE High Diving (USN)

July 31; 12 - 2 PM LIVE Swimming (USN)

July 31; 2 - 5 PM Water Polo (Women): Semi-Finals (USN)

Aug. 1; 12 - 2:30 LIVE Swimming (USN)

Aug. 1; 2:30 - 5:30 PM Water Polo (Men): Semi-Finals (USN)

Aug. 2; 12 - 2:30 PM LIVE Swimming (USN)

Aug. 2; 2:30 - 4 PM LIVE Water Polo (Women): Bronze Match (USN)

Aug. 2; 4 - 5:30 PM LIVE Water Polo (Women): Gold Match (USN)

Aug. 3; 1 - 3 PM Swimming (NBC)

Aug. 3; 2:30 - 4 PM LIVE Water Polo (Men): Bronze Match (USN)

Aug. 3; 4 - 5:30 PM LIVE Water Polo (Men): Gold Match (USN)

Aug. 4; 4 - 6 PM Swimming (NBC)


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